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November 16, 2013

Bacon Pancakes

By Mark Sisson
72 Comments

Bacon PancakesBacon pancakes sound like a sinful breakfast treat, but these slightly sweet, mostly savory cakes require no repentance. Fluffy, moist and salty with just hint of sweetness, bacon pancakes can be served with a light drizzle of maple syrup, or a dollop of sour cream and a hit of hot sauce.

Peruse the list of ingredients for these Primal pancakes and you’ll see the usual suspects (coconut flour, eggs, butter) mixed with bacon and chives. But this recipe also has something completely new: gelatin. Why add gelatin to pancakes? Because you can, without affecting the flavor or texture.

Anecdotally, gelatin can benefit bone, joint and skin health and improve sleep quality. This recipe shows how easy it is to work unflavored gelatin into your diet. Add granular gelatin to other types of Primal pancakes and baked goods, soups and stews, meatloaf, smoothies, whatever. (Ideally, dissolve the gelatin in a little water or other liquid when adding it to a recipe).

But let’s get back to these delicious bacon pancakes. Serve them in a stack, or use two as buns for an egg and sausage breakfast sandwich. You really can’t go wrong.

Servings: 2 (6 small pancakes)

Time in the Kitchen: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

Ingredients

  • 6 slices of bacon
  • 3 egg whites*
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour (30 g)
  • 1 tablespoon purified granular gelatin (like this) (15 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (30 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives (30 ml)
  • 1/2 cup water (120 ml)

Instructions:

Cook the bacon in a frying pan over medium heat. Leave the bacon fat in the pan. Crumble or finely chop the bacon and set aside.

Bacon

Whisk egg whites into soft peaks (an electric mixer works well for this). Set aside.

Egg Whites

In a large bowl mix together the coconut flour, gelatin, butter, chives and bacon. Add the water and mix well then gently fold in the egg whites until combined. The batter will be thick and lumpy.

Batter

Re-heat the bacon fat in the frying pan over medium heat. Scoop small amounts (about 2 tablespoons) of batter into the pan, gently smoothing the batter out with a spoon to form small pancakes. Better yet, set a 3-inch biscuit cutter in the frying pan, drop the batter in the middle and then smooth out the batter to form perfectly round cakes.

Cooking Pancakes

Cook about 3 minutes on each side. Serve warm.

*Using the entire egg instead of just the whites can be done but it makes a heavier, less fluffy pancake

Bacon Pancakes

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2Rae
2Rae
3 years 16 days ago

This looks GREAT !!! Thanks, may have to make them for our Sunday morning breakfast.

Helen Edgeworth
Helen Edgeworth
3 years 16 days ago

Can somebody video themselves making these whilst singing Adventure Time’s Bacon Pancakes song at the same time? Mark? I would do it myself if I had a video camera.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrcT7sseLZI

If I were to make these, I’d have to use a white rice/potato starch/tapioca flour blend, though – coconut flour does my insides in.

allison
allison
2 years 11 months ago

my thoughts exactly!! i was actually thinking about how there should be a paleo version of bacon pancakes when i first saw this vid.

have you seen the reeeemix? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_clEa2pKPu0

Helen Edgeworth
Helen Edgeworth
2 years 11 months ago

Haha! That’s awesome! 😀

But have YOU seen the… FULL SONG?! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxELm6xdwXk

wildgrok
wildgrok
3 years 16 days ago

Just bought the gelatin, I am doing this as soon as it arrives!

Joyce
Joyce
3 years 16 days ago

What if you separate the eggs, whip the whites per the recipe, and use the yolks with the water to total 1/2 cup?

Shalimar
Shalimar
3 years 13 days ago

That’s what I did. They came out great, very delicious. But still a bit dry. I had to put butter on them and also yogurt with parsley. I’m finishing up the remains of one right now. Yummy!

His Dudeness
His Dudeness
3 years 16 days ago

And the use the egg yolks in your coffee with some coconut oil and cinnamon.

Chris
Chris
3 years 15 days ago

Exactly my thoughts. Wondering what to do with the leftover egg whites from a Primal Egg Coffee is finally a thing of the past!

Monica
Monica
3 years 16 days ago

Just made these! Substituted scallions for chives, served with a dollop of sour cream and a hearty shake of Tapatío sauce. I’m not “primal” and I love to bake with evil grains, but these were pretty freakin delicious.

Amanda
Amanda
3 years 16 days ago

This is all I can think of when I read this post:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrcT7sseLZI

Guess I know what I’m cooking next weekend!

Jessica
Jessica
3 years 16 days ago

These look amazing!

Kimbo
Kimbo
3 years 16 days ago

What does the gelatin in the recipe do?

Chris
Chris
3 years 15 days ago

Quite pissibly being very good for you. It seems it’s just a way to ingest more gelatin without doing stuff like stirring it in water and drinking it. Hence the recommendation to add it to all kinds of stuff!

Wenchypoo
Wenchypoo
3 years 15 days ago

Gelatin is a binder. It can also be incorporated into your fried chicken coating seasonings to make them adhere to the chicken better–it forms a bond with the protein in the chicken, and now the coating won’t fall off when you fry it.

Reventon
Reventon
3 years 14 days ago

Ooooooh, sweeeeeeet. Thankyou for mentioning that.

Many ideas now 😀

cookie
cookie
3 years 15 days ago
Kara
Kara
3 years 15 days ago

Looks great…now I know what to do with the egg whites that are left after using yolks for blender Hollandaise sauce. Frugal and yummy idea. Thanks!

James
James
3 years 14 days ago

Or cover the bacon pancakes with hollandaise sauce.

Nack
Nack
3 years 15 days ago

This is my new post-workout snack.

Barney
Barney
3 years 15 days ago

Gotta try these real soon, looks amazing!

Chad
3 years 15 days ago

They were aight. I tried in both my iron skillet and then a non-stick, and I just couldn’t get a good flip without the first side sticking and destroying the whole presentation.

And if these were “light” compared to what heavy would be with the yolks in, I’m going to try the whole eggs next time. I can definitely do heavier than what this was.

Overall, the flavor combination was great. …I just suck at batter in skillets I guess.

Wenchypoo
Wenchypoo
3 years 15 days ago

Thanks for the warning–I was going to try these in my muffin-top pan, but now won’t.

Shalimar
Shalimar
3 years 13 days ago

I fried these in a stainless steel( not nonstick) skillet at pretty low heat. This kept them from sticking. I waited to flip til it was well done on the underside, dry on the top side. That kept them from falling apart when flipped.

patrick
3 years 15 days ago

how could you disregard the magic of yolks. take the raw yolks add turmeric and salt. mix.. magic sauce.. or add a spot of maple syrup to the yolks, a couple drops of tabasco and voila.
thanks for the recipe.

Eliza
Eliza
3 years 15 days ago

BACON PANCAKES! MAKIN BACON PANCAKES!
COOK SOME BACON N I’LL PUT IT IN A PANCAKE!
BACON PANCAKES! THAT’S WHAT IT’S GONNA MAKE!
BACON PANCAAAKKEEESSSSS

Vince
Vince
3 years 15 days ago

Just tried this with potato starch instead of gelatine… Worked out great! Everyone loved them (looked just like the pictures).

Sue
3 years 15 days ago

i am not sure I can easily source the gelatine. Does it need it to work?

Chad
3 years 14 days ago

I found it in a Whole Foods, right next to the Jello type packs. Shouldn’t be hard. Seems it should be relatively common in any grocery store; the only ingredient is gelatin. Matter of fact, I even asked a stocking girl, “hey, I’m looking for unflavored ‘gelatin,’ does that ring any bells?” And she knew right where to go.

Primal-V
Primal-V
3 years 14 days ago

In the UK unflavoured gelatin is found in the baking section of supermarkets, I can’t say about where to find it in US stores.

Alli
Alli
2 years 6 months ago

Could you try grinding chia seeds in a coffee grinder if you didn’t have gelatin handy? That’s a gluten alternative binder. Just thinking of various alternatives to add to the mix.

Julie
Julie
3 years 4 days ago

Not necessary at all. I make coconut pancakes all of the time without it. He just added it for some nutritional oomph.

Deanna
Deanna
3 years 15 days ago
I have a whole bag of gelatin that I’ve been wondering what to do with. Ever since I started drinking more bone broth, my nails have been shiny on their own, so I figured getting extra gelatin could only help. This looks great! If anyone has read The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, then maybe you remember the reference to bacon pancakes. I tried primal-izing the recipe and failed. Seeing this, I’ll try these, and I’ll serve them up with lingonberries (or a homemade cranberry sauce since this is the U.S. and not Europe) to be more traditional. Yum!
Barbara
3 years 15 days ago

Must make these this week! Just bought chives yesterday and then saw this post.

Tyrannocaster
Tyrannocaster
3 years 14 days ago
You can get Great Lakes beef gelatin all over the place online, even at Amazon. It is generally the go-to, as it seems to be a bit more eco-diet friendly (although their site does not actually say “organically fed” – still, it’s the best I could find and believe me, I looked). My experience with this stuff: constipation. Seems to work for other people but for me – no thanks. The little packets you can get at the store are not made from beef, they are normally all made from pork, and would you want to bet they are not… Read more »
Agatsu
Agatsu
3 years 14 days ago

Hmmmm, think I just found me a new burger bun replacement!

ValerieH
ValerieH
3 years 11 days ago

that’s fantastic! All my bun replacement ideas are disappointing

Antonio
Antonio
3 years 11 days ago

a tasty bun replacement: grate potatoes, spice and season as you like, fry two pancades per burger but only on one side, put the cooked sides together around your raw burger, now fry the remaining sides. doesn’t really keep your fingers clean though.

Tim
Tim
3 years 13 days ago

I made these today using Gluten free flour, I could not find coconut flour . Delicious! I also used jello unflavored gelatin.

Tim

Edenn Perez
Edenn Perez
3 years 13 days ago

What is I use milk instead of rice? You know…milk is always better (if you can tolerate it) when it comes to pancakes. Thoughts?

Edenn Perez
Edenn Perez
3 years 13 days ago

I meant milk instead of water.

Lisa
Lisa
3 years 13 days ago

I made these this morning and served them with smoked salmon and garlic butter and a kale ceasar salad leftover from dinner, and they were so so delicious!

T J
3 years 12 days ago

Gotta try these bacon pancakes!! I like the idea of adding gelatin. Been making grass fed beef stock & trying to add more “gelatinous stuff” into my diet. Thanks!

George Godin
3 years 11 days ago

This looks really delicious. I think I will try this. I love working out and after doing some exercises, I need to eat delicious but nutritious food. I think I will try this. Thank you for sharing.

tenderfoot
tenderfoot
3 years 9 days ago

I add gelatin to my morning tea every day and will be making these in the very near future!!
Thanks for all the fantastic recipes – since eating strictly primal for one year now, I’m eating the best quality, most delicious food of my life.

mmm!

Jason
Jason
3 years 6 days ago

Anyone have any luck with making a large batch of these, freezing them, then thawing as needed?

Jesse
Jesse
3 years 6 days ago

I will have to practice with theese. The flavor is awesome but they kind of fell apart. Definitly keep them small so they are easy to flip and chop the bacon and chives fine. I did not use the gelitian so i will try that next time as well. I will also use the electric mixer for more than just the egg whites the batter might be smoother that way.

Kathy from Maine
Kathy from Maine
2 years 11 months ago

Those do look tasty, but is that really 2 servings? I could easily eat the whole recipe, slathered in butter, and call it good.

Do you really stop at 3 little pancakes?

Tim
Tim
2 years 11 months ago

I don’t know what I did wrong but these were really really bad

Tammy
Tammy
1 year 3 months ago

Mine too. Disaster

Bets
Bets
1 year 5 months ago

Yummy Yummy, I’ve always been looking for more Grain-less recipes (for the past year anyway)
This one is extra good – since it has Bacon……

For any with pans/skillets that stick – This should work for me in my favorite skillet that is Hard Anodized. – If not, I’ll just add a little coconut oil.

Tammy
Tammy
1 year 3 months ago
As high as my expectations were for these, my results were that much more disappointing. I wish I had used the yolks because this texture was weird. More so, I probably need a jack hammer to clean my 15 year old seasoned cast iron skillet, and the trash can for my expensive non stick. How something with this much fat can stick to everything except itself is beyond me, yet it’s also dry. I wasted 6 slices of pastured pig gold on this mess. I finally just made some of it into an omelet and fed the rest to my… Read more »
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